Guide to Samurai Residences

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Introducing the Guide to Samurai Residences

2/20/2018


JCastle has made it's first major expansion beyond just castles - samurai residences! I have taken pictures of the homes and gates and added them to the individual castle profiles from time to time over the years, but I never tried to pull all the information together in a useful manner. I started to take more notice of samurai residences (bukeyashiki) on my trips to Kanazawa and Matsushiro in late 2016. Recently, I tried to list up all the residences I've been to that had an actual house and realized it came to 34, well beyond my expectations. These are only places with an actual house. There are probably just as many sites that I've visited that have only a gate or storehouse remaining. I'll get to those some day in the future, but for now, here is a quick introduction to samurai residences and a list of the 34 documented on this site.

I cannot find any good books or really detailed websites about samurai residences, so most of the information on the Introduction page is based on my own observations and information I could gather from signs at the sites.

Introduction to Samurai Residences

List of Samurai Residences

There is a new menu item at the top of the page that gives you quick access to the introduction and a list of residences documented on this site.

For each castle with a related samurai residence, you'll see them linked below the profile information.

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On each samruai residence profile page, you'll also see a little map that shows you the location of the castle and other extant samurai residences around it. Personally, I find this little map quite interesting.

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SuupaahiirooAshigaru

8 months ago
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This all looks very good. I've been enjoying these bukeyashiki very much for the past few years. In some cases they make a nice addition to a castle site, other times they're the main sight: an obvious example is Kakunodate, a town that pretty much promotes itself as the bukeyashiki capital of Japan.

Because of this list, some castle sites are now lot higher on my want-to-go-list than before, like Kaminoyama, Matsushiro, Murakami and Sakura Castle. Thanks for that!

Besides several places on your list, I have visited samurai residences in Shiroishi (Miyagi), Echizen Ōno (Fukui), Sasayama (Hyōgo), Tatsuno (Hyōgo) and Obi (Miyazaki). I could donate some pictures and information if you're interested.
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EricShogun

8 months ago
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Thanks! The one in Shiroishi looks pretty good too. I'm kind of thinking about a bukeyashiki tour to Tohoku in May. Kakunodate, Shiroishi, and Kanegasaki (Iwate), so let me see if I'm able to get that trip through the "the boss" first. Echizen Ohno, and Obi would be most welcome. I have been to Tatsuno and if it's the one I'm thinking of, I think that house is more of a goten for the castle rather than a subordinate samurai home, but I could be mistaken.

I'm so glad these pages have influenced your interest in Matsushiro and Murakami. I love Matsushiro as a castle, castle town and bukeyashiki area. There's so much else to see in the area too including Nagano City and Ueda City too if you want to make it a multi day trip. Murakami is a pretty fantastic castle ruins site in it's own right even without the bukeyashiki. Highly recommended! Kaminoyama, as a castle, is pretty dull, but paired with the Bukeyashiki and nearby Yamagata castle it makes a worthwhile day too.
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FurinkazanHatamoto

8 months ago
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Very interesting page and well done. Thanks Eric.
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ARTHatamoto

8 months ago
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Breaking new ground! Just what I always wanted: a list of locations of samurai residences.
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EricShogun

8 months ago
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It looks like there are a bunch of cool places in Tohoku I should try and visit sometime too. Shiroishi and also this place in Iwate looks good too: http://www.t...pu201504.pdf